MotoAmerica Round 4 Road America Press Releases
Misc Press Releases from Monster Energy / Yamaha Factory Race team and Monster Energy / Yamalube / Yamaha Extended Services / Graves / Yamaha at the MotoAmerica 2017 Round 4 Road America!
Beach Badgers Gerloff In Wisconsin As bLU cRU Teammates Finish 1-2 In Sunday Supersport Race At Road America, While Beaubier Podiums & Hayes Finishes Fourth In Superbike Race
Elkhart, WI - June 4, 2017 – Yamaha’s “Fast Four” road racers emerged from the team’s annual pilgrimage to Road America with three race wins and three additional podium finishes.
In Sunday’s Supersport race, polesitter and Saturday race winner Garrett Gerloff battled it out for the entire race distance with his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammate JD Beach. And, at the checkers, it was 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport winner JD who narrowly beat defending Supersport Champion Garrett for his third win of the season, which matches Garrett’s three wins so far this year. Both riders also have reached the podium six times apiece in 2017.
“This has been a tough weekend for me,” commented JD. “And I’ve been proud to wear Nicky’s [Hayden’s] helmet in honor of him. I want to say thank you to Monster Energy for allowing me and some other riders to wear replicas of Nicky’s helmet instead of our own with the Monster Energy logos on them. As for the race, all of us from Owensboro know not to ever give up, so that’s what I kept thinking, and I’m glad to get this win today. Thanks to my crew for giving me a really fast bike. I’m glad to be in this championship hunt and just a few points behind Garrett.”
Garrett said, “It was a good race. I got a pretty decent start. I’ve been trying to improve those, and today’s was pretty good. Going into the first turn, I hit some bumps and almost lost the front, which enabled JD to get by me. I spent the rest of the race pretty much trying to catch him. I was able to get past him a couple of times, but it looked like it was going to come down to the final lap. I kept thinking about a strategy to pass JD and win the race. But, it just didn’t work out the way I wanted it to.”
2017 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings 6/4/17
1Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha151
2JD Beach – Yamaha147
3Benny Solis – Honda98
In a race that was shortened and then ended early due to two separate red-flagged incidents, Saturday’s Road America Superbike race winner Cameron Beaubier finished third in Sunday’s Superbike contest, while his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Josh Hayes bounced back from his warm-up lap crash on Saturday to finish a solid fourth on Sunday. All in all, it was a good conclusion to their weekend at “America’s National Park of Speed,” although not as stellar as they hoped for.
“I was pretty bummed out that the race got called after the red flag,” said Cameron. “But I’ve got to put myself in a better position earlier in the race for when things like that happen as the laps wind down. I’ve got some stuff to work on going into Utah. I need to work on my starts so I don’t always begin the race having to play catch-up. My racecraft in the early laps needs to improve, so I’ll be working on that. But, I’m glad to get on the podium today after winning yesterday. We collected a decent amount of points, and we’ll move on from here.”
Josh said, “After yesterday’s crash, I was being a little tentative, and I made it pretty easy on those guys. I didn’t really have anything for them today because I wasn’t feeling confident, and I didn’t what to end up on the ground again. Before the weekend, I said I wanted to ‘send it’ at Road America, but I didn’t really mean ‘send it’ to the dumpster. So, we’ll regroup, heal up, train hard, and be ready for Utah, which is another track that I like a lot.”
2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 6/4/17
1Toni Elias – Suzuki160
2Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha146
3Roger Hayden – Suzuki140
4Josh Hayes – Yamaha82
Yamaha’s Factory Superbike and Factory-Supported Supersport Teams will be back in action on June 23-25 for the Championship of Utah in Tooele, UT.
Beaubier Snatches The Cheese With A Photo-Finish Win In MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 At Road America; Gerloff & Beach Go 1-2 In Supersport Race 1
Elkhart Lake, WI - June 4, 2017 – Defending Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier put the power of his #1 Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 on full display in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 at Road America, as he would not be denied from winning the 22nd Superbike race of his blossoming career and third victory in a row at “America’s National Park of Speed.”
Cameron’s teammate Josh Hayes unfortunately didn’t fare quite as well. The four-time Superbike Champ crashed on the sighting lap after his #4 R1 uncharacteristically launched him off. As a result, he was unable to start the race.
Josh commented, “I went through a section of the track that was shaded by trees, and I couldn’t see that it was damp on the raceline till it was too late. It happened so fast that there was nothing I could do. I’m beat up, and I feel like I was hit by a bus. But I’ve got my trainer Riggs [Klicka] here with me, and we’re working on a plan. My intention is to ride tomorrow.”
After his breathtaking, last-lap, last-corner, right-at-the-checkers win, Cameron said. “That was such a fun race. It was good, hard, clean racing between the three of us. It was a crazy, really good race. It felt so good to stand on that top step again. My Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1 works so well around here, and I love this place. I was able to stay close to Toni [Elias] in the final section, get past him, and make it stick.”
2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 6/3/17
1Toni Elias – Suzuki135
2Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha130
3Roger Hayden – Suzuki120
5Josh Hayes – Yamaha69
In Saturday’s Supersport race, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach made the decision to race on full-rain tires versus some other competitors who chose slicks. The wet track and red-flag-shortened race were the combination that gave Garrett and JD an advantage, and they were able to finish 1-2, with Garrett notching his third win of the season and JD reaching the podium for the sixth time this year. It was another storybook finish for the team and their 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 machines.
“We made the right tire choice,” JD said. “I needed to go with what the points leader was doing, and that’s Garrett. He chose rains, so we did, too. I’m glad it worked out, and it was good to get some points. We’ve got another race tomorrow. It’s good to be back with my racing family this weekend. It’s been really tough losing Nicky [Hayden], and I was proud to wear his helmet today. I wish I could have gotten the win for him, but there’s another race tomorrow, and I’ll be trying my best.”
Garrett commented, “They were tricky conditions for sure today, but the Dunlop rain tires held up really well. I’m really happy to be up on the box. Like JD said, my thoughts and prayers go out to Nicky’s family and friends at this difficult time. I knew Nicky a little bit, and he definitely set the standard for all of us American riders who want to race in the World Championship some day.”
2017 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings 6/3/17
1Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha131
2JD Beach – Yamaha122
3Benny Solis – Honda85